ISIS terrorists have executed 15 of their own soldiers for mutiny in Mosul.
Most of those accused of colluding with enemy Iraqi forces were young men in their twenties.
They were dragged from their homes into a public park and shot by firing squad on Friday evening.
Shocking picture shows men accused of colluding with Iraqi forces being executed by ISIS
ISIS terrorists have executed 15 of their own soldiers for mutiny in Mosul. Pictured: A masked Iraqi special forces soldier stands on top of a vehicle in Mosul
The furious terrorists also blew up five homes previously used as detention facilities and four booby-trapped vehicles to the north and east of the city.
It comes as the Iraqi Army claims to have captured 50 per cent of Mosul from ISIS.
‘Our forces have become in control of 50 per cent of Nineveh since the launch of military operations,’ said Brigadier General Yahia Rasoul.
Forces have advanced towards the eastern shores of Tigris River, which cuts through the last remaining ISIS stronghold in Iraq.
On Friday night, mortar rounds fired by ISIS killed 16 civilians in neighborhoods already retaken by Iraqi troops.
Their bodies have been brought to military hospitals in eastern Mosul.
An Iraqi special forces soldier, fires mortar shell during a battle against the Islamic State militants in Mosul
A tank of the Iraqi army takes part in an operation against Islamic State militants southeast of Mosul
An Iraqi special forces soldier runs after he fires an RPG at terrorists
On Saturday scores of civilians streamed out of the inner neighborhoods of the city to escape the fighting and get to camps.
At least 73,000 Iraqis have fled Mosul since the government’s campaign to retake the city began on October 17.
But the civilians that remain inside Mosul and surrounding towns still under IS control have placed major restraints on the air campaign against the group, acting as human shields.
The United Nations has said the jihadists have forced tens of thousands of locals to march back with them as human shields.
Army pilots insist that they are doing everything they can to avoid civilian casualties.
‘It puts limits on our operation,’ Major Muthanna Hanun said.
In terms of the division of labour the Army pilots said they can usually deal with most of the targets.
Iraqi troops fire over walls as the take on ISIS in Mosul
An Iraqi soldier covers his ears as he fires a mortar shell against ISIS
But for larger objectives or when there is a threat from the ground that requires bombing from greater distance they turn to the coalition.
‘If we don’t have the capabilities to deal with it then the coalition is called to handle it,’ Hanun said.
Army aviation helicopters carry out 60 to 70 sorties a day across the Mosul battlefield, according to defence ministry spokesman Tahsin Ibrahim.
Meanwhile, Iraq’s parliament on Saturday voted to accord full legal status to government-sanctioned Shiite militias.
They act as a ‘back-up and reserve’ force for the military and police and are empowered to ‘deter’ security and terror threats facing the country, such as ISIS.
The legislation, supported by 208 of the chamber’s 327 members, was promptly rejected by Sunni Arab politicians and lawmakers who said it was evidence of what they called the ‘dictatorship’ of the country’s Shiite majority.
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An Iraqi special forces soldier, takes his position at a street where his brigade fight against the Islamic State militants
Another Iraqi soldier fires though a wall in the Bakr front line neighborhood in Mosul, Iraq
‘The majority does not have the right to determine the fate of everyone else,’ Osama al-Nujaifi, one of Iraq’s three vice presidents and a senior Sunni politician, told a news conference after the vote. ‘There should be genuine political inclusion. This law must be revised.’
Sunni lawmaker Ahmed al-Masary said the legislation fuels doubts about the participation of all Iraqi communities in the political process.
‘The legislation aborts nation building,’ he said, adding that the Shiite bloc in parliament has not provided the Sunnis with the assurances they required.
Many in the Sunni Arab community wanted the militiamen to be integrated into the country’s military and police, a proposition long rejected by Shiite militia leaders, some of whom have on occasion spoken about their armed groups evolving into a force akin to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards or Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah.
An Iraqi special forces soldier, fires his automatic machine gun
RPGs were used against the terrorists as they tried to retain control in Mosul
The law, tabled by the chamber’s largest Shiite bloc, placed the militias under the command of Shiite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and gave militiamen salaries and pensions that mirror those of the military and the police.
Senior Shiite politician Amar al-Hakim sought to reassure the Sunni lawmakers, saying a host of laws to be issued by the prime minister to regulate the work of the militias would allay their fears.
‘The law creates a suitable climate for national unity,’ he said.
In a statement, al-Abadi welcomed the legislation and said the ‘Popular Mobilization’ forces, the formal name of the militias, would cover all Iraqi sects, a thinly veiled reference to the much smaller and weaker Sunni tribal forces along with armed groups from smaller minorities.
‘We must show gratitude for the sacrifices offered by those heroic fighters, young and elderly. It is the least we can offer them,’ said the statement.
‘The Popular Mobilization will represent and defend all Iraqis wherever they are.’
The Shiite militias alone number more than 100,000 fighters.
Fighters of Popular Mobilization Forces pose for a photograph at the fighting lines against Islamic State militants outside Mosul
Displaced Iraqi women, who fled the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, make bread
Displaced Iraqis play outside their tents at Khazer camp
Newly displaced Iraqi children, who fled the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, wait to be allowed to enter Khazer camp
The government, through the military, has been trying to use the campaign to reassure the city’s mostly Sunni residents, promising them a life free of the atrocities and excesses of the extremist IS.
The Shiite militias, most of which are backed by neighboring Shiite Iran, have been bankrolled and equipped by the government since shortly after IS swept across much of northern and western Iraq in 2014.
Many of these groups existed long before IS emerged, fighting American troops in major street battles during the U.S. military presence in Iraq between 2003 and 2011.
They have played a key role in checking the advance of IS on Baghdad and the Shiite Shrine cities of Samarra and Karbala in the summer of 2014 and later helped liberate IS-held areas to the south, northeast and north of Baghdad, replacing the security forces that collapsed in the face of the IS blitz in 2014.
Fighters of the Popular Mobilization Forces at the front line against Islamic State militants
Iraq’s parliament on Saturday voted to accord full legal status to government-sanctioned Shiite militias (pictured)
Members of Iraqi army gesture and chant slogans during an operation against Islamic State militants
Displaced Iraqi people, who fled the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, hug each other as they meet for the first time since they fled Mosul
However, their role has somewhat diminished as more and more of Iraq’s security forces have regained their strength.
Iraq’s Sunni Arabs and rights groups have long complained that the militiamen have been involved in extrajudicial killings, abuse and the theft or destruction of property in Sunni areas from which they drove out IS.
The militias’ commanders, however, deny the charges or insist that the excesses are the work of an isolated few.
Currently, the militias are tasked with driving IS from the town of Tal Afar west of Mosul. They seized the town’s airstrip earlier this week. Al-Abadi met militia commanders at the strip on Thursday and later lavishly praised their role in the fight against IS.
The militias have been excluded from the battle for Mosul at the request of Sunni politicians, out of fear they would abuse the city’s Sunnis.
Displaced Iraqi boys play football ou